AOC Accuses Biden of ‘Playing Patty-Cake’ With GOP While They Are ‘Setting the Planet on Fire’


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New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on a warpath this week and lashing out at the top members of her own party.

AOC took to Twitter on Wednesday to attack Joe Biden and Senate Democrats, accusing them of playing “patty-cake” with Republicans while she claims the world is burning.

She accused her party’s leadership of bowing to Senate Republicans and conservative donors while “setting the planet on fire” in a series of tweets.

“Pres. Biden & Senate Dems should take a step back and ask themselves if playing patty-cake w GOP Senators is really worth the dismantling of people’s voting rights, setting the planet on fire, allowing massive corporations and the wealthy to not pay their fair share of taxes, etc,” she tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez had earlier in the day fired off two tweets that excoriated members of her party for seeking a bipartisan compromise with regard to a proposed White House infrastructure bill.

Democratic New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich had shared a report from Politico which detailed an attempt by Democrats to include emissions caps in the bill.

“An infrastructure package that goes light on climate and clean energy should not count on every Democratic vote,” Heinrich commented.

Ocasio-Cortez shared Heinrich’s post and added a comment of her own.

“Yep,” the Democrat wrote.

In a Twitter post moments later, she commented, “Mitch McConnell and the Koch brothers are not worth setting the planet on fire for. I know some Dems may disagree with me, but that’s my unpopular opinion of the day.”

Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez and Kamala Harris exchanged words on social media.

During a press conference earlier this week, Harris advised illegal immigrants not to come to the border.

“I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come,” Harris said.

Ocasio-Cortez was furious with the comments.

“This is disappointing to see. First, seeking asylum at any US border is a 100% legal method of arrival. Second, the US spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America. We can’t help set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for fleeing,” she said in her first tweet.

“It would be helpful if the US would finally acknowledge its contributions to destabilization and regime change in the region. Doing so can help us change US foreign policy, trade policy, climate policy, & carceral border policy to address causes of mass displacement & migration,” she said.

Harris was made aware of Ocasio-Cortez’s comments on Tuesday by a reporter with her on her tour of Central America and immediately responded.

“Why did you emphasize that people shouldn’t come? AOC is now being critical of that, sort of, emphasis that you made,” the reporter said.

“I’m really clear: we have to deal with the root causes, and that is my focus,” Harris said, then added, “Period.”

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